Attukal Pongala

Attukal Pongala is a ritual celebrated in Attukal Bhagavathy Temple every year. The Pongala Mahotsavam is the most important festival of the Temple. It is 10 days long festival comes to an end with special sacrificial offering namely Kuruthitharpanam at night. On the nineth day of festival, a large no of women from all religions, from within India and abroad gather in and around the temple premises to offer the Pongala which is cooked by themselves. Pongala is made by rice boiled with jaggery, coconut gratings, ghee with other ingredients in open in small earthen pots. On Pongala day, women  are only allowed to enter the temple premises. Attukal Pongala is  noted for the largest annual gathering of women in a single place on a single day in the world who come here to dedicate the sweet Pongala thus to please goddess. It is also known as Sabarimala of women.

Pongala Mahotsavam, 10 day programme, will start on March 1, Thursday and end on 10:30 AM on  March 11. Preparations for the Pongala is going on faster pace in the Attukal temple. This year’s Attukal Pongala offering  would be on February 19th ,2011.

Pongala 2018 ritual steps

Muhurtam to light up the fire is by 10.30hrs – afterwards  women has to start ritual of cooking Pongala

Pongala offering to goddess by 14.30 hrs -The chief priest (Melsanthi ) will bless the Pongala by holy water (theertam) and flowers ,then it will become Prasadam. After that  women can take back the sacred Pongala pots to their home. Attukal Pongala day is a public holiday for Trivandrum.

Last year more than 30 lakhs women participated in the Attukal Pongala festival. Attukal Bhagavathy Temple Trust and Government will make all arrangements and securities for the success of Attukkal Pongala.


  • Temple is 2 km away from Central Railway Station, Trivandrum
  • 11 km away from Trivandrum International Airport

Attukal Bhagavathy Temple

Attukal Bhagavathy Temple Trust

P.B.No. 5805. Manacaud P.O., Thiruvananthapuram – 695 009, Kerala, South India

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